2017-06-01 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

Sunday evening, May 21, while I was driving home from Beaver Tail Point at about 9:30 p.m., I saw the most unusual gray clouds in the sky with such unique shapes, some large, some smaller, or oval shapes and surrounded by a lighter color. I cannot recall seeing clouds like that before. The sky is so beautiful here in Cedarville.

Peter Goehring of Hessel will perform Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. to begin the Music on the Porch entertainment series at Les Cheneaux Community Library in Cedarville. The concert is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved inside the library. Peter will play the hammered dulcimer and bass trumpet.

The spring flowers are still in bloom. The daffodils are plentiful and have a beautiful bright yellow color. The daffodils seem to be the one flower that the deer don’t eat.

Roger Gough recently purchased a home in Cedarville and is in the process of moving here from Greenville. Originally he lived in Sault Ste. Marie, but he has always enjoyed visiting Les Cheneaux. Roger’s son, David, and his family are the folks who own Les Cheneaux Coffee Roasters. They plan to open a store soon selling fresh coffee and baked goods in Cedarville. Welcome to Cedarville, Roger.

There is not much good news to report about finding morel mushrooms. The mushrooms that people are finding seem to be on the small side. We had rain for a few days this past week, so if we can just get some warm sunshine, the mushrooms just might pop up. Many people enjoy picking and eating them, as they are certainly a delicacy.

Approximately 40 fishermen have registered to fish in the pike fishing contest that is sponsored by the Islands Wildlife group. There are cash prizes.

Graduation ceremonies were held at the Great Lakes Boat Building School Saturday, May 27, and Cedarville High School Sunday, May 28.

Happy birthday to Scott Strait, Laurie Reid, Keith Clegg, and Liz Soderlund May 22 and Julie Clegg, Ashley Kasper, Morgan Jean Wheeler, Sheehan Donald Merritt, and Lynn Honnila McGuff May 24.

Wedding anniversary wishes to Mike and Debbie Murray May 22 and Tom and Marianne Coyne May 23.

The wind was strong and the waves were rolling in as someone was surfing at Beaver Tail Point. That doesn’t happen very often in Les Cheneaux.

Monday, May 22, it was 47 degrees and raining. It seems as though every place I go, folks aren’t happy about how nasty the weather has been, when about 15 miles south it’s so nice. I must say this has been the coolest, wettest, and windiest spring I can recall.

I chatted with Christy, the daughter of Ruth Cutler, who lives in Vermont, and she says that Ruth is doing well.

We’ve had many birds singing in the trees, especially the juncos and chickadees. I’m not sure of the others that were singing, but it sure is nice to hear them, especially in the trees by the post office in Cedarville.

The spring flowers on the former property where the Bon Air building once stood are certainly beautiful with lots of bright yellow blooms. There are beautiful flowers coming through the stone breakwall at Cedarville Marine and areas of beautiful spring flowers on the lot that used to be part of the Cedar Inn downtown.

Several of the cottagers in both Hessel and Cedarville have arrived, as you can see their cars in downtown areas.

John and Diana Grenier have arrived back in Hessel and are getting ready to sell the 2017 Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show posters. Be sure to stop by and visit their store next to the blinker light in Hessel.

Sympathy and kind and thoughtful wishes to the family of Yvonne Johnson, who passed away Thursday, May 11. Yvonne was a most thoughtful person and enjoyed helping out Lois Tassier and her crew to serve and help prepare the lunches for families and friends after a funeral. An obituary was published in the May 25 issue of The St. Ignace News.

Also, we send sympathy, friendship, and caring to the family of Les Cheneaux summer resident Thomas Parsons of Lake Forest, Illinois, who passed away Saturday, May 6. He loved spending time with his family at his home in the Les Cheneaux Islands. An obituary was published in the May 25 issue of The St. Ignace News.

Alice Newton’s mother, Dolores “Dee” Samborski, passed away Saturday,

May 20, in Cedarville, where she had resided at Cedar Cove Assisted Living for the last three years. She previously had lived in Alanson. Condolences to Alice, her husband Lonnie, and other family members on their loss. An obituary was published in the May 25 issue of The St. Ignace News.

It’s great to see all the boats that are docked at Cedarville Marine and all the other marinas. It shows us that summer is here and it’s time to enjoy boating in the Les Cheneaux Islands. That is a welcome sight for all. Wishing everyone another safe and enjoyable boating season in 2017.

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